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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis has admitted that the national team’s ongoing World Cup journey has been spooky since it is frightening similar to their triumphant campaign in 1992.
In their opening match in 1992, Pakistan lost to the West Indies by 10 wickets, while in this year’s World Cup, they lost their opener to the men from the Caribbean by seven wickets.
The men in green then won their next match in 1992, where they beat Zimbabwe by 53 runs, while this year, they took down England by 14 runs.
Their next match in 1992 against England was abandoned, while this year, their game against Sri Lanka was washed out.
This was followed by a 43-run loss to arch-rivals India in 1992, while this year, they suffered a 41-run loss to Australia.
Another loss followed as in 1992, they fell to South Africa by 20 runs, while this year, they lost to India by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
Pakistan then won their next two games in 1992, beating Australia by 48 runs and Sri Lanka by four wickets. The same trend has occurred in the ongoing World Cup as the men in green defeated South Africa by 49 runs and New Zealand by six wickets.
Pakistan will play Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday, but back in 1992, they won their next match after cruising past New Zealand by seven wickets.
They then triumphed over New Zealand by four wickets in the semi-final and beat England by 22 runs in the final to win the World Cup for the first time ever.
However, in this year’s World Cup, Pakistan have to beat both Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who they will play on July 5, if they want to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.
“It is becoming impossible to ignore the parallels with 1992,” Waqar wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “The similarities are freaky and even though the players won’t have been thinking about it, there is no way they can put it out of their minds altogether.”